Sire De Grugy: back in action at Chepstow on Sunday
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By Jon Lees 8:45AM 9 OCT 2016
SIRE DE GRUGY drops into handicap company on one of his favourite tracks with a chance to prove he retains the ability to cut it at the highest level as he makes his seasonal reappearance in the 2m3f handicap chase at Chepstow on Sunday.
The 2014 Champion Chase winner captured the Tingle Creek and gave Sprinter Sacre his toughest battle of the season when beaten three-quarters of a length in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton, but his campaign tailed off towards the end of the season with heavy defeats at Cheltenham and Sandown.
The ten-year-old has won both times he has run at Chepstow but starts his campaign over a trip he has yet to score at. On the only previous attempt he fell in the 2015 Melling Chase at Aintree.
Under top weight he has to concede more than a stone to every horse in the field with the exception of Irish Cavalier, the Cheltenham Gold Cup fifth who won a handicap at the Punchestown Festival.
Might need the run
“This is a different ball game for him running over two and a half miles,” said trainer Gary Moore. “He needed his first race badly last season when he had done more work than he has this year so there is every chance he will need the race.
“He’s in good form and I’m very happy with him on that side of things. I would appreciate a bit more rain.”
Having been good, good to soft in places overnight, the going at Chepstow was changed to good on Sunday morning, with a dry day forecast.